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DIY upcycled lanterns as solar lights - stowandtellu

DIY Upcycled Lantern Solar Lights

Have you been embracing the world of solar lighting? It sure has come a long way with everything from solar string lights to hanging outdoor porch lighting. I keep leaning toward solar because a) there’s no wiring required. That keeps it simple. B) There’s no flame from a candle or oil lamp. That keeps it […]

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Find out why buying cheap gazebo tent is not the way to go - StowandTellU.com

Why You Don’t Want to Go Cheap with a Gazebo Tent

It’s mid July, and I’m sitting under our brand new gazebo tent one afternoon with a cup of coffee and a good book. I hear a pitter-patter because it’s starting to rain. I think, “hey, nice! I can sit right here, keep reading and enjoy the storm. Because I have shelter.” Not!!! Within a few […]

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Faux cement and moss painted garden gnomes - StowandTellU.com

Faux Cement and Moss Painted Garden Gnomes

Do you have any yard ornaments or garden objects that need an update? We’ve had these two garden gnomes for years.  And while they’re cute and whimsy with their bright colors, they were just out of place in the new yard. I recently saw a video on garden object transformation using Plaid FolkArt Dimensions Moss Effect. I […]

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Yardworkation 3 – Project List is Half Done!

When we started out the summer, I wrote myself a list on our chalkboard wall of projects for the yard, garden, outdoors, etc… I tagged it #yardworkation because, in my mind, it meant we’d be spending most of our weekends working outdoors, rather than having all that other kind of fun people have in the […]

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4th of July ideas outdoor decorating - StowandTellU.com

4th of July Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Space

It’s kind of amazing how little you really need to suggest that “it’s almost 4th of July!” Hands down the easiest 4th of July idea for decorating your outdoor space is to add mini flags to any planters, baskets, or window boxes that you may have. And then plop a few into your utensil holders […]

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Create a patriotic, outdoor, nighttime ambiance by turning old lamps and stained lamp shades into solar powered table lamps - StowandTellU.com

DIY Patriotic Solar Table Lamps

There is always an onslaught of lamps and lamp shades at the thrift store.  I can never seem to “not” look, just to see if anything catches my eye.  I love that lamps are useful.  They light our way.  That’s why I hate to see the jumble of lamp shades and light fixtures, slightly abused, […]

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Tutorial for spray painted plastic lawn chairs with a tip for making an easy spray paint booth with cardboard - garden, yard work, yardworkation - StowAndTellU.com

Yardworkation #1 – Spray Paint and Plastic Lawn Chairs

What do you call it when you get invited to several summer holiday parties in one weekend, but you say no to all of them because you’d rather stay home and do yard work? I like to call that “yardworkation.”  And I have a feeling we’re going to be taking a lot of these “ations” […]

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A garden table upcycled from an old weather vane cupola and a cabinet door - StowAndTellU.com

Upcycled Cupola Garden Table

You are probably wondering what on earth a cupola is, right? Well, it’s that small boxy looking extension piece that is often found on top of a roof. You know that thing. It usually has louvers and it always has its very own tiny roof. In the old days they were used as a look-out […]

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A grapevine wreath is painted red, white and blue and turned into a birdfeeder - How to make a patriotic bird feeder wreath - StowAndTellU.com

Patriotic Bird Feeder Wreath

Last summer when we moved in, we had a bird (of some kind) nested up under our awning, and it lived there straight through the winter. By early-spring a similar but more showy looking bird showed up and started helping bird#1 build a cozier nest. Not too long after, we started hearing baby chicks a’chirping […]

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Turn a miniature house or birdhouse into a planter. This one was a tealight holder, so it had an open area where plants could be tucked into - repurposed-birdhouse-tealight-planter - StowAndTellU.com

Miniature House Upcycled as a Planter

What junk have you been collecting lately, just to turn it into something else?  I’ve been collecting miniature houses that range from faux birdhouse to brightly painted cottage.  Each piece seems to have another purpose, such as a tealight holder or tissue dispenser, but I’d like to upcycle all of these in some other way. […]

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How to make decorative faux speckled farmhouse eggs using bouncy balls and an easy splatter paint technique - StowandtellU.com

Basket o’ Faux Speckled Farmhouse Eggs

A few years ago when I was helping my sister re-do her kitchen, I diy-ed her a basket of decorative farmhouse inspired speckled eggs and to date, it’s still one of my all-time favorite projects.  Although she doesn’t live in a farmhouse, she does live on about 2 acres of property and boards her own […]

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Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

DIY Framed Moss Shamrock on Glass

I’ve always loved the look of glass framed art, but have yet to purchase one of those pressed glass frames.  I do however, have several vintage frames that still have the glass, but are missing the artwork. Ideal for mounting something with glue, ie: a mossy shamrock, to the front of the glass for faux […]

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Paint a message, phrase or saying onto a thrifted plate. Fun idea for teens to put favorite song lyrics, poem. Also nice project for Valentines or inspirational gift idea - StowandTellU.com

Painting a Message on a Plate for My First Crush

One of my very first crushes was not on a boy, but on a band.  I didn’t know who they were, what they looked like, how successful they would become.  All I did know, at about the age of 10 or 11, was that when one of their songs came on the radio, I was […]

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Make a Valentine jar gift using Reese's, Hershey's or any other nut butter spread. Includes a printable label - Stow and TellU

You’re the Spoon to My Jar Valentine Gift {with Printable}

Last year my workmate, Rachel, gave me a jar of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread for my birthday. Several plastic spoons later it was all gone. I didn’t eat it all in one day, but what a perfect gift it was for a nut butter fan such as myself. Can I get one of these for […]

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Simple decor idea using aquarium gravel. Use red and white for Valentines Day. You can also fill jars with sour cherries or red hots - Stow and TellU

Aquarium Gravel Filled Valentine Jars

Who’s up for a simple decor idea, be it for Valentine’s Day or any other season?  Last summer when I spied the aquarium gravel filled jars that my niece had put on all the tables at one of our outdoor yard parties, I knew that I wanted to somehow bring that idea into my home. […]

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